Red Cross finds 115 dead in Central African Republic town

2017-05-17 21:08


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Bangui - The Red Cross in Central African Republic says at least 115 people have been killed and more than 50 injured in several days of attacks in the southeastern town of Bangassou.

Local Red Cross official Antoine Mbao-Bogo said on Wednesday that 37 bodies have been buried and funerals continue.

Hundreds of militia fighters from a predominantly Christian group known as the anti-Balaka attacked the town and the United Nations peacekeeping base there over the weekend.

The UN mission says tensions have reached the northern town of Bria, where fighting on Tuesday between mostly Muslim Seleka rebels and anti-Balaka has killed at least five and injured 29.

Peacekeepers have intervened to separate the groups.

A series of attacks in remote areas this past week have forced more than 15 000 people from their homes.

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